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Spanish Blood Bath: Night of the Skull / Violent Blood Bath / The Fish with the Eyes of Gold

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Genres: Spanish Gialli, Crime, Thriller, Mystery
Starring: VBB: Fernando Rey, Marisa Mell, Máximo Valverde, Espartaco Santoni. NOTS: Alberto Dalbés, Evelyne Scott, William Berger, Maribel Hidalgo. Fish: Wal Davis, Norma Kastel, Ada Tauler, Ricardo Vázquez
Director: Jorge Grau (VBB), Jess Franco (NOTS), Pedro L. Ramírez (Fish)
Plot Sypnosis:

In the early 70s, while Italy led the charge in the production of gialli, its neighbor to the West, Spain, began churning out more and more of its own takes on the genre. With their uniquely Catalan flavor and casts, this trio of criminally-underseen Spanish gialli have all been newly restored in 4K from their 35mm camera negatives and are at last making their worldwide Blu-ray debuts from Vinegar Syndrome.

After Lord Archibald Marion is brutally murdered by an unknown assailant, the bitter and feuding members of his family gather at his large country mansion for a reading of the will. But their arrival is marked by a second grisly killing, that of Archibald's wife, which sets into motion an increasingly chilling series of deaths. One of only a handful of traditional gialli directed by Jess Franco (Venus in Furs), the improbably Louisiana-set, NIGHT OF THE SKULL (La noche de los asesinos) is a delightfully pulpy old-dark-house whodunit. (1974 / 82 min)

A notoriously harsh French judge, vacationing at a luxury resort, finds his holiday interrupted when a mysterious killer begins murdering those in and around the hotel. But what makes these killings all the more unsettling is that they're being carried out identically to the methods used by the judge's executed murderers. Offering a more subtextual narrative which leads to a memorably cynical and downbeat ending, Jorge Grau’s (The Blood Spattered Bride) VIOLENT BLOOD BATH (Pena de muerte) is a uniquely thought-provoking entry in the annals of Spanish gialli. (1974 / 92 min)

Derek, a handsome young Englishman, has recently moved to a Spanish seaside town. A lothario, Derek is quick to begin seducing the local women, only for a murderer to start picking them off one by one. Despite his protests of innocence, the police conclude that Derek is a sex maniac and responsible for the crimes. However, could another individual be behind the heinous killings? Remaining thematically and structurally aligned with its Italian forebears, Pedro Luis Ramírez’ (School of Death) THE FISH WITH THE EYES OF GOLD (El pez de los ojos de oro) is an engrossing, twist-filled coastal caper with plenty of murders and other macabre surprises. (1974 / 84 min)

directed by: Jorge Grau (VBB), Jess Franco (NOTS), Pedro L. Ramírez (Fish)
starring: VBB: Fernando Rey, Marisa Mell, Máximo Valverde, Espartaco Santoni. NOTS: Alberto Dalbés, Evelyne Scott, William Berger, Maribel Hidalgo. Fish: Wal Davis, Norma Kastel, Ada Tauler, Ricardo Vázquez
1974 / 258 min / 1.85:1 / Spanish Mono with English subtitles + English Mono dub track for VBB

Additional info:

  • 3-disc Region Free Blu-ray Set
  • Newly scanned & restored in 4K from their 35mm original camera negatives
  • Presented in their original Spanish mono soundtracks with newly translated English subtitles as well as an English mono dub soundtrack for VIOLENT BLOOD BATH
  • An interview with actor Antonio Mayans for NIGHT OF THE SKULL (13 min)
  • An interview with Sitges Festival director Ángel Sala for NIGHT OF THE SKULL (10 min)
  • An interview with Carlos Grau, son of director Jorge Grau for VIOLENT BLOOD BATH (20 min)
  • An interview with actor José Lifante for VIOLENT BLOOD BATH (11 min)
  • An interview with Sitges Festival director Ángel Sala for VIOLENT BLOOD BATH (10 min)
  • An interview with Sitges Festival director Ángel Sala for THE FISH WITH THE EYES OF GOLD (14 min)
  • 5 Spanish Giallo Recommendations by Ángel Sala
  • Reversible sleeve artwork
  • Newly translated English subtitles
Release Details

Movie Release Year: 1974
Tech Specs & Release Details

Specs: This special limited edition spot gloss slipcover (designed by JJ Harrison) is limited to 5,000 units
Video Resolution/Codec: 1080p/MPEG-4 AVC
Aspect Ratio(s): 1.85:1
Audio Formats: Spanish Mono with English subtitles + English Mono dub track for VBB
Subtitles/Captions: Newly translated English subtitles